The Food Academy Start Programme

The Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), Bord Bia and SuperValu understand the importance of supporting artisan food producers within communities throughout Ireland. Across SuperValu’s network of 223 stores, a large range of locally produced Irish products are stocked. The LEOs, Bord Bia and SuperValu actively assist the business development of artisan food producers and the Cork & Kerry Food Forum has given them the opportunity to showcase their products. In 2013, SuperValu, Bord Bia and the LEOs created the “Food Academy Start” Programme.

The Food Academy Start programme works with and nurtures artisan food producers through their journey from start up to obtaining their first retail listing with SuperValu. ‘Food Academy’ is currently working with hundreds of producers throughout the country. The programme consists of intensive training, workshops and mentoring given by experienced food marketing consultants. As part of the programme, there is an opportunity for producers to pitch their products to local SuperValu representatives, obtain their feedback and secure a three month trial in their local SuperValu store. In addition, the LEOs can assist food producers with capital, salary and marketing investment and Bord Bia can provide marketing grant, market information and export opportunities.

Local Enterprise Offices

If you’ve got an idea for a new business or for expanding your existing business, we can help. From business planning advice, to guidance on financial support, or help with steering your business in the right direction, our experience can help get your business on the right track.

Local Enterprise Office, Cork City
Tel: 021 4961828

Local Enterprise Office, South Cork
Tel: 021 4975281

Local Enterprise Office, Cork North & West
Tel: 023-8834700
Tel: 022 43235

Local Enterprise Office, Kerry
Tel: 066 7183522

Bord Bia

Bord Bia (The Irish Food Board) is the Irish government agency charged with the promotion, trade development and marketing of the Irish food, drink and horticulture products. Our mission is to drive through market insight and, in partnership with stakeholders, the commercial success of a world class industry.

In addition to operating marketing programmes and supports which develop and foster contact between buyers and Irish companies, Bord Bia provides the platform for the industry to participate at international trade exhibitions under the “Origin Green” umbrella brand.

Bord Bia has its Head Office in Dublin and eleven strategically located offices in key export markets. The offices are located in Amsterdam, Dubai, Dusseldorf, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, New York, Paris, Stockholm and Shanghai.

Cork City Council

A key objective of  the City Council’s Corporate Plan is to “ensure the economic, social, cultural and environmental development of Cork in a sustainable manner together with our local businesses and communities.”
The Council used its Economic Development Fund to stimulate and support economic activity, supporting a variety of programs and initiatives, as well as supporting events such as the Food Forum.
For generations the City Council has managed and operated the English Market, one of the oldest municipal markets of its kind in the world. The English Market is an internationally recognised brand, providing a fitting showcase for the quality, history and heritage of the regions food offering.

Cork County Council

The Economic Development Section works to fulfil Cork County Council’s role in industrial development in Cork. This is done in co-operation with enterprise support agencies, community groups, entrepreneurs and other parties.
Balanced sustainable industrial development is supported through the creation of sustainable employment, with the following initiatives:

  • Supporting the development of the industrial and commercial infrastructure of Cork.
  • Providing fully-serviced industrial sites and business parks, and strategic sites for large-scale multinational investment.
  • Letting and managing incubator units.
  • Developing environmental industrial parks to encourage and assist in the highest environmental standards and practices in industry.
  • Organising EU activities, such as trade events for indigenous companies. This enables them to gain marketing exposure, support in the pursuit of contract opportunities, exchange of knowledge and expertise in a European dimension.
  • Cooperating with enterprise support agencies, community groups, entrepreneurs and other parties.
  • Kerry County Council

    Kerry County Council plays an important role in supporting economic development and enterprise promotion at local level. Activities include supporting enterprise agencies, provision of enterprise infrastructure and driving a host of local festivals and events. Local government support is also critical to the success of initiatives ranging from FDI and micro-enterprises, to rural broadband or major investment in service infrastructure. The marketing, promotion and branding of Kerry combined with the significant level of capital investment in arts, tourism, sports, recreation and community infrastructure, has a very positive impact on employment supports and economic recovery.

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    The Cork and Kerry Food Forum 2016 is organised through a partnership of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) Cork & Kerry, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Kerry County Council, Bord Bia and leading Irish retailer, SuperValu.

    Event Media Sponsors are the Irish Examiner and Red FM.